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Forgive Us – PDP National Begs Aggrieved Members in Ekiti

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The national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has apologized to the members of the party in Ekiti state over the past actions and irregularities that pushed them out.

Deputy National Chairman, Southwest Zone, Alhaji Taofik Oladejo Arapaja, tendered the apology while receiving thousands of the aggrieved party members who had joined the Social Democratic Party (SDP) prior to the Ekiti State governorship election.

Arapaja appealed to the party members to let go of the past and work together as one towards securing victory for the party in the 2023 presidential election.

He said: “We need to vote out APC for the sake of the progress of Nigeria because the APC lacks the capacity to bring any positive change.

“We can’t achieve anything in a state of disunity, because we need to be united to move our party forward. I apologize to you to let go of the past and join hands together to strengthen our union.

“On behalf of all the leaders of PDP, I plead that you find a place in your heart to forgive us,” he said.

In his address of welcome, the coordinator, PDP Ekiti Progressives and leader of the returnees, Mr. Wale Ayeni who led the supporters back to the party said they left because they were treated with disdain.

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He said, “In various activities of the election including the primary election we were treated like strangers as if we were never members of the party.

“The process that led to the primary election in Ekiti State was irregular but the leadership looked away and that was the basis for the break in the party.

“We lost the majority of the party bigwigs to APC due to lack of sense of belonging and because the party failed to uphold justice, fairness and inclusiveness.”

Earlier, the Senator representing Ekiti South Senatorial District, Biodun Olujimi and the PDP House of Representatives Candidate for the Ekiti South Constituency, one Henrich Akomolafe, who facilitated the return of the aggrieved members, noted that PDP had learnt from its mistakes and urged the returnees to return to their wards and begin mobilization for the party.

Senator Biodun Olujimi welcomed the party faithful and saluted their courage for returning to the party saying they made the right decision.

She explained that the party members who left in anger could not be blamed because the level of irregularities in PDP at that time was at the height of it.

Olujimi said, “We all have our blames because some of us didn’t do well, some of us kept mute when they were supposed to speak and say the truth while some of us were chanting Osana even in the face of impunity.”

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Also Henrich Akomolafe urged the returnees to begin massive mobilization for Atiku and Okowa saying PDP remains the solution to Nigeria’s problem.

Akomolafe also urged the people to support his ambition to win the House of Representatives election with a promise to live up to expectation.

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2023: APC Suspends Jigawa Lawmaker over Alleged Anti Party Activity

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The All Progressives Congress (APC), in Jigawa state has suspended the member of the state House of Assembly representing the Kanya Babba constituency, Hon Usman Haladu Isah, for allegedly sabotaging the party.

This was contained in a press statement jointly signed by the party chairman of Babura Local Government, Isa Ubale, and the party chairman of Kanya Babba Constituency and made available to newsmen.

The statement said the member was accused of undermining the party ahead of the 2023 general election and disrespecting the party’s elders.

The embattled lawmaker also lost his ticket to Ibrahim Hashim Kanya in the APC primary election for the coming 2023 general election.

Ubale said the suspension was unanimously agreed by all the party leaders in the constituency.

The suspension took effect from the 24th of September 2022, pending the conclusion of the investigation for further action.

The statement added that a copy of the suspension document had been sent to the stakeholders of the party in the state.

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Plateau: Kwande Reconciles Warring PDP Groups, Party Ready for Elections

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From Jude Dangwam, Jos

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has resolved to work for all candidates of the party beginning from the Presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar to the Governorship candidate Caleb Mutfwang, Senatorial candidates, House of Representatives candidates and the State House of Assembly flag bearers of the party in the forthcoming 2023 general elections in the country.

The resolution was reached at a healing meeting called by the former Ambassador to Switzerland Amb. Yahaya Kwande held at his residence with all factions, party leadership and the Governorship candidate arriving at a common ground to work together for the success of the party as official campaign leading to the 2023 elations will kick-started in few days.

The former Secretary to the Plateau State Government, Prof. Shedrach Best while briefing newsmen after the five hours closed door meeting at the residence of the elder statesman Monday in Jos the state capital disclosed that all issues have been resolved and the party is ready to go into electioneering campaigns.

In his words, “There has been a lot of concern on the unity of the party in Plateau state, and there has been discordant statements in regards to the support of the Presidential candidate of the PDP Atiku Abubakar.

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“This meeting addressed all those issues of the need to unite the party, the need to get the people work together because there has been groups that are working across purposes but today by virtue of the Convener who happens to be an elder stateman Yahaya Kwande, he was able to bring together all shade of opinions under one roof.”

He added, “We have been able to discuss the unity of the party so that we get ready for the take off of campaigns, and we are going into this campaign as one house, we are going as one Plateau, one PDP. We have agreed that every persons that bear the flag of the PDP beginning from the Presidential flag bearer Atiku Abubakar, through the Governorship flag bearer Caleb Mutfwang to Senate candidates, House of Representatives candidates and House of Assembly candidates, this party will support them and deliver them.”

Best explained the essence of the meeting, “This is a healing meeting at the residence of this elder statesman who we consider a father figure, we wanted a rallying point and this is the rallying point, we wanted a meeting point and this is the meeting point, If you look at the meeting, the State Working Committee (SWC) is represented, the Jang group and the Huseni group are equally represented, all people from both sides were here.”

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While responding on the Governor Wike’s position on the party and the possible support for the victory of the party in the coming elections he stated, “The Plateau PDP has been around since 1999, and Wike’s support is a recent phenomenon, I believe that this party is good to go. PDP is strong enough because the backbone of the party is the people, and Plateau people are essentially and fundamentally PDP.

“If we get Wike’s support fine, but if we don’t, I believe this party is sustainable; remember that in 2019 when we held elections, Atiku Abubakar won in Plateau state and there was no support from Wike, we are capable of replicating that,” he assured party faithful and Plateau citizens.

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Adjustment of the Time-Table of Activities Earmarked to Commence Campaigns by the Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign Council.

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By Jude Opara, Abuja

The crisis that trailed the list of members of the Campaign Council may have forced the All Progressives Congress (APC) to postpone indefinitely its earlier planned Peace Walk and Prayers to flag off it campaigning programme.

In a statement made available to newsmen late on Monday, Chairman of the APC National Campaign Council and governor of Plateau state, Simon Lalong said the event would now hold an a later date.

He said the postponement was done to include many other stakeholders who would want to be part of the campaign team.

Lalong wrote; “Recall that we had earlier earmarked a peace walk and prayers for Wednesday, September 28, 2022, to  officially kick-off our campaigns for the 2023 Presidential Elections. We had also announced that the members of the Campaign Council report at the Campaign Headquarters on that day to collect their letters of appointments.

 

“However, due to the expansion of the list to accommodate more stakeholders and interests within the APC family, we have decided to adjust the time-table of these activities in order to ensure everyone is on board before activities officially commence. Consequently, the activities earlier announced for the 28th of September will no longer hold.

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“As the ruling and most attractive party in Nigeria, we understand the sacrifices and understanding of our teeming members who are more than willing to volunteer themselves for this great task ahead. It also shows the enormous love that the party members have for our candidates. 

“A new date and time-table of events will be announced soon”.

Many party stakeholders have been complaining that they were ignored in the composition of the Campaign Council, insisting it was lopsided.  

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